Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2015: a vibrant success!
Lausanne – Switzerland, October 21, 2015: After two days filled with engaging speakers and innovative sporting contributions, the 2015 edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit concluded on October 14, 2015 with an unprecedented success!
More than 250 participants and speakers coming from more than 60 different cities on all continents gathered at the IMD Business School in Lausanne to discuss the latest trending topics related to cities and sport.
This second edition of the Summit was very well received both by all the participants and the renowned speakers coming from the four corners of the world.
Daniel Brélaz, President of the World Union of Olympic Cities and Mayor of the city of Lausanne, said: “It was great to welcome so many participants from global sport cities in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital. This second edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit clearly confirmed the need to have a platform for cities and the sports world to come together and discuss. We are already looking forward to continue these discussions next year!”
This year’s programme explored a variety of themes, each integral to the relationship between cities and sport: “Sport & place branding”, “Sports facility management – finding the best model”, “Sports to promote social inclusion and diversity” and “Active and healthy cities – developing a sport-friendly environment”.
A major highlight was John Furlong, the former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, who delivered a passionate keynote speech on the link between cities and sport. Using concrete examples of how the city of Vancouver was completely revamped by hosting the Olympic Games, not only in terms of infrastructure, but mostly in terms of pride and happiness of its citizens, he confirmed that sport should be placed at the heart of a city’s development strategy.
The Summit concluded with a special session organised by the International Olympic Committee, where top officials including Christophe De Kepper, Director General, presented the new vision of hosting and bidding for the Olympic Games. This session was the first of its kind to have an open and direct dialogue with cities from around the world interested in hosting the Games.
The Smart Cities & Sport Summit will return to Lausanne for its third edition on October 10-12, 2016.
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